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</img>: Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com SAN DIEGO -- Maybe they should call it Comic-Con Intergalactic.
An astonishing number of people dress up like space aliens, superheroes and videogame characters when they attend Comic-Con International, the annual pop-culture convention that draws comics and sci-fi fans from around the globe.
The elaborate costumes, many of them handmade, transform the fanboys and fangirls into their favorite pop-culture icons, at least for the day. This year's Comic-Con sold out in advance, with organizers expecting 125,000 people to cram into the San Diego Convention Center through Sunday.
Here are some of the more eye-catching costumes spotted at Comic-Con on Thursday.

Name: Demir Oral
Age: 23
Hometown: San Diego
Times at Comic-Con: Nine
Geekiest hobby: Making costumes
What are you most excited about seeing at Comic-Con?
Seeing all the imagination that goes into everything.
Day job: Web designer
Dream job: Inventor
Describe your costume and how you made it:
It's something that I just made up throwing various items together.
</img>: Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com Name: Cathy Clark
Age: 28
Hometown: Anaheim, California
Times at Comic-Con: Seven
Geekiest hobby: Attending Comic-Con!
What are you most excited about seeing at Comic-Con?
I just saw The Freakazoid panel, and I'm excited to see Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Day job: Designer
Dream job: Artist
Describe your costume and how you made it:
It's Steampunk, based on an illustration that I did. I had my friend sew it for me.
</img>: Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com Name: Amanda Raymond
Age: 29
Hometown: Santa Clarita, California
Times at Comic-Con: Four
Geekiest hobby: Costuming and watching Darkwing Duck.
What are you most excited about seeing at Comic-Con?
The Disney panels.
Day job: Production secretary
Dream job: Producer
Describe your costume and how you made it:
I'm Mrs. Incredible, and she can stretch! I commissioned a seamstress to make it.
</img>: Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com Name: Zachary Lytle
Age: 21
Hometown: Chico, California
Times at Comic-Con: One
Geekiest hobby: I build combat robots. I'm actually the three-time world champion of RoboGames.
What are you most excited about seeing at Comic-Con?
The Transformers display.
Day job: Machinist
Dream job: Robotics engineer
Describe your costume and how you made it:
I'm Link from Zelda. All my equipment is real metal -- 80 pounds of steel, bows, arrows and a 12-pound sword.
</img>: Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com Name: Diana Tarlson
Age: 23
Hometown: Chico, California
Times at Comic-Con: One
Geekiest hobby: Collecting Disney movies. My favorite is Sleeping Beauty.
What are you most excited about seeing at Comic-Con?
Tiny Toon Adventures and Freakazoid -- it's the most-anticipated new cartoon.
Day job: I work at Jo-Ann Fabrics.
Dream job: To work in a machine shop.
Describe your costume and how you made it:
I'm Kid Icarus. The two daggers that click together are what he's most known for. I sowed feather boas, cut felt and pinned up the tunic myself. I crafted the entire thing by hand.
</img>: Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com Names: Nick Evans, Jason Sunday and Kyle Sunday (clockwise from top left)
Ages: 20, 21 and 19, respectively.
Hometowns: Orange, California; Portland, Oregon; and Ashland, Oregon
Times at Comic-Con: One
Geekiest hobby: We love Star Wars. It's at the top, but nothing is off-limits -- Jason
What are you most excited about seeing at Comic-Con?
The Watchmen movie, I'm a big fan of the book -- Nick
Day job: Students
Dream jobs: Lawyer (Nick), computer technology (Jason) and chef (Kyle)
Describe your costumes and how you made them:
Cyclops, Gambit and Professor X based on the '90s classic X-Men. We just bought different pieces and put them together. I had to get my glasses on the internet. -- Nick
</img>: Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com Name: Tom Paige
Age: 38
Hometown: Los Angeles
Times at Comic-Con: Two
Geekiest hobby: Music, especially hard-core heavy-metal comedy.
What are you most excited about seeing at Comic-Con?
Seeing hot chicks in spandex.
Day job: I'm a facilities manager in the motion-picture industry.
Dream job: Musician
Describe your costume and how you made it:
I'm wearing a really gay, royal blue, spandex rocker costume that is a combo of wrestling and music. I pieced it together from dance clothing.
</img>: Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com Name: Christian Benavides
Age: 14
Hometown: Houston
Times at Comic-Con: One
Geekiest hobby: Dressing up as the Joker and making costumes.
What are you most excited about seeing at Comic-Con?
I want to meet Stan Lee, maybe meet someone from the Watchmen and see the Punisher panel.
Day job: Student
Dream job: Movie director
Describe your costume and how you made it:
I'm Joker dressed as a nurse from the new Batman movie. I stitched it together myself.
</img>: Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com Name: Raymundo Benavides
Age: 25
Hometown: Houston
Times at Comic-Con: One
Geekiest hobby: Watching movie trailers.
What are you most excited about seeing at Comic-Con?
I want to see Stan Lee and probably Kevin Smith. He's speaking at the Scream Like a Girl contest.
Day job: Cable guy
Dream job: Movie director
Describe your costume and how you made it: I'm Tommy, the Green Ranger from the original Power Rangers. I bought the majority of it, and my girlfriend made the rest.
</img>: Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com Name: Jonathan Corpuz
Age: 26
Hometown: San Diego
Times at Comic-Con: 15
Geekiest hobby: I'm a videogame nut. Action, RPGs, everything. I was raised on videogames.
What are you most excited about seeing at Comic-Con?
I'm a big Lost fan. Basically I want to see the entire Saturday TV slate.
Day job: Photographer
Dream job: Videogame designer
Describe your costume and how you made it:
I'm the original 8-bit Super Mario. I'm even carrying around a plunger. This is a Halloween costume from last year, and I made the star myself.


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